In Democrat-run Mexifornia, illegal aliens are one Jerry Brown signature away from full access to taxpayer funds for their dubious college educations. You can be sure the various Ethnic Studies departments are doing group cartwheels, because foreign grifters who manage to graduate from high school (or get a GED taken in Spanish), won’t be majoring in anything useful.
To illustrate how deeply Democrats have decimated California, consider the worthwhile state institutions that are being destroyed while illegal alien students are being funded and citizen young people bypassed.
One of the best things about California is the wonderful system of beautiful state parks, but a substantial number are being sacrificed due to the ongoing budget crisis — 70 parks out of a total of 278.
We can be sure that Mexican organized crime will be eyeballing the newly available acreage to expand their toxic marijuana grow zones. Mexican cartels have already been violating Point Reyes for years.
Independent foreign moochers have ripped off national and state parks of anything valuable they can steal. One example is the Olympic National Park where illegals have been picking salal (valued for floral arrangements) for years, Poaching natural resources is a squatter favorite because law enforcement is more lax. California’s unprotected parks will be sitting ducks when an onslaught of ravening wolves come to steal and spoil.
Below, a quiet glade in Samuel Taylor Park, near Lagunitas in Marin County, which is being closed due to state budget cutbacks.
Here are the figures: the state is closing 70 parks to save $11 million annually, but is about to spend $40 million per year of taxpayer funds on college educations for illegal aliens who cannot work legally upon graduation.
Following is more about the terrible destruction of California parks:
California Closing State Parks in Need of Costly Maintenance, Fox News, September 2, 2011
Many Californians cannot believe it’s come to this: closing 70 state parks to save $22 million over the next couple of years.
That may not sound like a lot, but many of the Golden State’s parks are in varying states of disrepair and need $1.3 billion dollars of deferred maintenance.
Needing to cut costs wherever he can, Gov. Jerry Brown looked at the parks with the highest repair bills and the least significance — cultural, historic, economic or otherwise.
But some, like the old Governor’s Mansion in Sacramento, are very popular, while sites like writer Jack London’s ranch in Sonoma County are considered local treasures. The second-largest state park in California, Henry Coe in Santa Clara County, is also on the closure list.
“We’ve reached a point where we’ve had the last straw to break the camel’s back, but there’s no other choice but to close,” says Roy Stearns, deputy director of communications for the California State Parks Department.
By law, California can’t sell any of the parks, so it’s looking for ways to keep as many of them as possible open to the public. A number of ideas are being considered, from working with volunteer caretakers to getting financing through corporate sponsorships — though, unlike stadiums, no naming rights are allowed here.
“The public should know we’re not going to name a park after a company. We’re not going to put up advertising in our park because that’s prohibited by our own guidelines and law,” Stearns said.
In Marin County, a local businessman wants to bankroll an effort that would allow volunteers and hired teens to operate the popular Samuel P. Taylor campground on a shoestring.
And in Sacramento, pending legislation calls for the state to team up with nonprofits or other government agencies.
“You may have a state park right next to a federal park that the National Park Service runs. There may be some co-management agreement we can enter to keep that park open,” the bill’s author, Democratic Assemblyman Jarred Huffman said.
Even if parks close, people will still have access to forests, deserts and beaches, prompting worries about public safety, fire danger and more.
“There are big concerns about the resources in these state parks once they’re closed, not only cultural and historic resources, historic buildings, cultural sites. There’s big concern about vandalism, theft in wilderness areas,” Jerry Emory of the California Parks Foundation said.
There’s no easy answers, the clock is ticking and a lot of California history, wildlife and recreational opportunities hang in the balance.
For now, state officials hope visitors will police themselves and maintain the parks for free, while check out some of the 208 state parks in California that are still open, at least for now.